Victor (The Eden East 2) By Sacha Black

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Book Review: Victor by Sacha Black | Young Adult | Fantasy | eARC | Reading | RachelPoli.com

I received a free eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Summary:

When Eden East kills someone, she expects them to stay dead. It’s only polite, after all.

Exhausted from battle and finally bound to her soulmate, all Eden wants to do is attend university and spend time with Trey. When her demon-ex, Victor, suddenly returns from the afterlife, Eden’s convinced he’s out for revenge. The last thing she expects is for him to ask for help, especially when he’s being controlled by evil forces.

But when an enchanted lock and key go missing, she’s no longer sure who she can trust. If Eden can’t find them in time, not only will her life, and her heart, be torn apart, the very world she lives in could be destroyed – forever.

My Review:

Book Cover | RachelPoli.com

This cover is gorgeous. I love how it stayed similar to the first book. The colors are pretty and subtle and the wolf is a nice touch to go along with the story.

First Thoughts | RachelPoli.com

I read the first book in the series and enjoyed it so I was more than happy to read and help promote the second book.

Plot | RachelPoli.com

Eden is finally ready to settle down and move on with her life now that everything seems normal again. She and Trey, her soulmate, are finally bound, though not without “couple” problems here and there. Eden is still jealous of Eve, who Trey was bound to first, and Eden keeps having nightmares that may or may not be predicting the future.

A lot happened in this book. The plot began in the early chapters and it was page-turning the whole time. Everything was so fast tense with a mixture of emotions. It even ended on a tense moment which was very well done.

Characters | RachelPoli.com

Most of the characters are the same from the first book and they were all great to revisit. Eden and Trey are happy together though they have their own couple problems they’re trying to get past as well as Eden having her own problems.

I enjoyed the dynamic between all the characters, even when Victor came back and was communicating with Eden. Victor is a terrible person, but I still kind of like him. I’ve always enjoyed his personality despite how mean he is.

Then there’s Trey. If Eden didn’t have him, I’d call dibs.

Writing Style | RachelPoli.com

This is a fast-paced story with a lot of ups and downs. I read the book in two days not wanting to put it down. When one problem was solved, something else was happening.

There’s a good mix of dialogue and description, everyone and everything easy to picture. There were plenty of romantic scenes which, I’ll admit, weren’t my favorite, because I don’t care too much for lovey-dovey scenes. There was a lot of action and mystery throughout though. It was well written.

Overall | RachelPoli.com

This book certainly didn’t disappoint. I think it lived up to the hype from the first book. If you’re into fantasy and exploring a world not our own, give Victor a try.

Victor (The Eden East 2) by Sacha Black gets…
Book Review Rating System | 5 Cups of Coffee | RachelPoli.com5 out of 5 cups

Favorite Quote:

“I guess when you finally get the thing you’ve wanted for so long, you realize how fragile happiness can be.” –Sacha black, Victor

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Goodreads Challenge: Quality Over Quantity

I never used to read. When I was younger, I read the books assigned to me in school and didn’t enjoy most of them. It turned me off of reading.

I read more as I got older, but it wasn’t until I started this blog and decided to do book reviews that I started reading regularly… which, if I’m to be honest, was the main reason I started reviewing books. It would hold me accountable to actually read.

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The Goodreads challenge is something that has really made me get into reading. I’m competitive and I love seeing a chart increase with my progress. For the past couple of years I’ve set my challenge goal to 52 books – which means I plan to read one book a week.

For me, this is a steady goal and it’s easy to keep up with. No joke, I’ve seen people aim to read 300 books in a year. If that works for you, great, but I feel like that’s a bit much. If I read 300 books in one year, I’d have to read about 6 books in one week. That’s almost a book a day. Unless I only read picture books and graphic novels, I don’t have the time to read a book a day.

Would that be wonderful and awesome? Yes, but I do have life things to deal with.

When it comes to reading books, I like to think quality chumps quantity. I want to take my time with the books I read and enjoy them, not inhale them.

For me, a week is a perfect amount of time to get through a book. I aim to read 50-100 pages a day so I can easily get through a book that’s 300-500 pages long. Though, most of the books I read are typically between 200-400 pages.

There have been times I’ve read more than one book in one week depending on the length and how much free time I end up with during that week. That’s always a nice treat and then I’m able to get ahead with my reading.

Even though my goal is 52 books, I aim for more because I like to break records. I still take my time though because I think books should be savored.

If it’s a really good one, I want to stay in that world for as long as I can.

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Ebook Vs. Physical: Which Side Are You On? [Reading]

We all know physical books came first. Then the ebook was born… in 1971.

No, for real. I tried to look up when ebooks started and Google told me a man named Michael Hart invented the ebook. Yet, Amazon’s Kindle wasn’t a thing until 2007. I tried to dig deeper, but it was pretty confusing, so…

There’s your intro for this post.

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Ever since e-readers became more popular, there has been an ongoing debate about whether ebooks are better than physical books.

Or, not that one is better than the other, but it’s about what people prefer and which team you’re on.

Ebooks

Pros

  • Ebooks are cheaper.
  • Ebooks are instant downloads so you don’t have to leave your house and talk to people.
  • They’re portable.
  • You can carry many books at once.
  • You can read in the dark.

Cons

  • You need to buy an e-reader, which can be expensive.
  • You need to make sure the batteries are charged and bring your charger with you sometimes.
  • It can break and then you lose your books (until you buy a new e-reader).
  • You don’t get the same feeling as you would with a physical book.

Physical Books

Pros

  • You can share books and let others borrow them and borrow from others.
  • You can organize and reorganize your bookshelves.
  • Physical books smell nice and you can turn the pages.
  • Physical books can have sentimental value (for example, if I gift a book I write a nice message on the inside for the person).
  • You can gift books.

Cons

  • They’re hard to carry around, bring on vacation, or stuff in your bag.
  • They’re more expensive.
  • You always need a light.
  • They can wear overtime.

Conclusion

As you can see, both have the same amount of pros and the same amount of cons. I honestly did not do that on purpose. I just can’t think of anything else.

I like both ebooks and physical books though. I prefer a physical copy, but I love ebooks so I can get free copies for reviews to help out authors and I can also carry a lot with me when I go on vacation.

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The Prince And The Dressmaker By Jen Wang [Book Review]

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My sister bought a hardcover copy from Barnes & Noble.

Summary:

Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.

My Review:

Book Cover | RachelPoli.com

I was immediately intrigued by the cover itself to see the two main characters along with Sebastian’s alias the center of attention, yet in the background. I thought the cover was well done and says a lot about the contents of the book.

First Thoughts | RachelPoli.com

I have read a graphic novel by this author before. My sister found this book first and both of us were intrigued, so she bought it.

Plot | RachelPoli.com

This is not your typical “fairy-tale” as Prince Sebastian is looking more for a seamstress than a princess. Sebastian’s secret and hobby is dressing up in dresses and feeling pretty though he can’t announce it to his kingdom. Frances is his seamstress and her dream is to become famous with her sewing and have her work out into the fashion world. The problem is, no one can know she’s the one making dresses for “Lady Crystallia,” Prince Sebastian.

The plot conveyed the struggles of both characters very well through both the dialogue and the pictures drawn. There was enough tension, happy moments, and sad moments throughout. This is a page-turner and not just because it’s a quick read due to it being a graphic novel.

Characters | RachelPoli.com

Sebastian and Frances were strong characters. Both were likable and easy to relate to. They had their own unique personalities and struggles just like everyone else. I’d love to see this pair in another book.

Emile, Sebastian’s servant, was awesome too. He was the only one who knew Sebastian’s secret and he kept it and cared for Sebastian as his own.

The king and queen were annoying at first – though I think that was the point. They were still good characters, just thinking of the kingdom as well as their son.

Writing Style | RachelPoli.com

This is a graphic novel and it had a good balance of dialogue and pictures. There were a good amount of pages that just had pictures showing the time pass and expressions. There were no words needed. It was very well done.

Overall | RachelPoli.com

This was a wonderful read with an important message for all. It’s fast paced being a graphic novel, but it worked. The characters were great and I’m looking forward to more from this author.

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang gets…
Book Review Rating System | 5 Cups of Coffee | RachelPoli.com5 out of 5 cups

Favorite Quote:

“When I first learned the truth, I thought Sebastian’s life would be ruined. But seeing you, I realized everything would be fine. Because someone still loved him.” –Jen Wang, The Prince and the Dressmaker

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6 Ways To Organize Your Bookshelves

If you’re an avid reader, then I’m sure you have too many books to fill your shelves. I’m also pretty sure you love to organize the books in your free time because… why not?

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1. Chronologically

You can organize your shelves this way in a number of different ways. This can be in the order you bought the books, the order the books were published, or by the author’s age… I’ve never seen anyone do that, but I’m sure it’d be interesting and probably very tedious.

2. Color

Who doesn’t want a rainbow bookshelf? Put your books in rainbow order by their spines. It would most likely split up books by the same author and series but it’d be really pretty to look at.

3. Alphabetically

Alphabetize your books. They’ll be easier to find if you’re looking for something in particular. You can order them by the title or the author’s first or last name.

4. Genre

This one speaks for itself. Clump mystery books together, romance books together, and so on. Alphabetize the genres while you’re at it.

5. Geographically

Based on where the book is set, you can put all those books together as well. You can order them based on various parts of the world, alphabetize those places, or you can put places you’ve been to in real life first. It’ll be like a map of where you’ve been as well.

6. Size and Shape

If you really want to please your eyes, put your books in order by size. It’ll look like a staircase and the books will look organized from the get-go. You can also do it by shape as well – put all the hardcover books together and then all the paperbacks together.

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